Cricket Farm Operated By Robots Aims To Make Insects A Viable Source Of Protein

Cricket Farm Operated By Robots Aims To Make Insects A Viable Source Of Protein
Food & Beverage

A facility in Texas is raising the insects as a large-scale farming project

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 august 2017

Aspire Food Group is looking to lead the edible insect movement. As the world continues to have more people and fewer resources, the company is raising crickets as a farmed food source at a facility in Austin, Texas.

The crickets eat USDA-certified organic feed and are processed in a gluten-free, certified organic kitchen. Autonomous robots farm the insects from hatch to harvest. Aspire’s process standardization and farm modularity mean its farms can be built anywhere and consistently provide reliable, low-cost yield.

Crickets are very high in protein and contain nutrients like iron and calcium. They’re much more sustainable to farm than traditional livestock, as they require less food, water and land. They also emit virtually no greenhouse gases and are more efficient at converting food into protein than cows, pigs and chickens.

The edible insects are roasted to bring out their warm, earthy, and nutty flavor. Aspire sells the crickets in its own line of products, named Aketta after the type of cricket they farm (Acheta domesticus). The crickets are packaged up whole roasted or milled into a nutrient-packed cricket powder. The whole roasted crickets are said to taste like sunflower seeds, while the cricket powder has an earthy, umami flavor with hints of raw cocoa.

Aspire recommends using the crickets in a salad or as a pizza topping, and adding the powder to soups and stews as a thickener or mixing it into a smoothie for a protein boost. The company posts recipes and ideas on its site.

Aspire Food Group

Aspire Food Group is looking to lead the edible insect movement. As the world continues to have more people and fewer resources, the company is raising crickets as a farmed food source at a facility in Austin, Texas.

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